February 24, 2010

The First Sunset.

Anyone who has lived in Scandinavia recognizes the lack of daylight in winter. The dark winter months, when sun is absent for weeks at a time, are indeed difficult to bear, as our winter and summer days differ by about eleven hours of light.

Slowly, as we reach the end of February, the closing winter season signifies the return of the sun. Or rather, the conclusion of the dark winter days.
The sun has by now moved significantly further up in the sky and is setting about three hours later then in December. This means that it has left the hills in my immediate south and has almost reached the natural horizon, as it disappears on the evening sky.

I have mentioned numerous times in the past, how much I love the magnificent sunsets, which I can watch from my windows. This past weekend, for the first time since October, the skies once again offered a true sunset. A sunset over a snowy landscape, a barely just sunset, but a first visible sunset nevertheless.

This is the first significant sign that winter is closing towards its end, despite the final snow fury it keeps bestowing upon us.

27 comments :

Ocean Girl said...

Wow what a view.

Susan Deborah said...

My My Zuzana, you live in a place as amazing as you. I can imagine the weeks which are dreary and dark and I am glad that you have the sun now.
Wishing you lots of sunshine and warmth.

Joy and love,
Susan

Lynne said...

Those are lovely photos. I do miss the snowy glitter of Sweden. My husband has decided he doesn't like snow at all. But we both love the cosy interiors of Swedish homes, beautiful, I do miss that!

Eternally Distracted said...

Amazing sunsets yet again... Very envious.

Thanks for the post of the day heads up, I had no idea!!

Brian Miller said...

beautiful...love watch the sun rise and set and all the colors it puts on display. hope spring is here soon!

Gal Friday said...

February sunsets are some of the best(although I had a look again at a Nov. sunset you shared here as well)and your photos captured it so well!
I miss driving my daughter home from piano lessons(she has stopped lessons for a while) because it was always around sunset in Feb., that we were able to see the magnificent sky over a marsh coming down a hill on the way back.

I noticed the snow-covered lamp with the "Life is an adventure..." quote--a nice visual touch to your blog!

Betsy said...

And what a beautiful one...certainly worth waiting all winter for! :)

Kat_RN said...

How beautiful. I know it must be appriciated even more to you. Love the picture with your shadow.
Kat

Claus said...

What a magical sunset. The colors are amazing!! Nature is wonderful, isn't it? and it never stops surprising us.
have a great day!!
*hugs*

LadyCat said...

Beautiful photos of the sunset. I like how the snow looks blue against the fire of the sun.

Julie Hibbard said...

It's the very picture of hope.

Cottage Garden said...

I love your sunset pictures Zuzana and these are really special. The sky and snow look blue against the bright red orange of the setting sun. It must be reassuring to know that the dark days will soon be over, to be replaced by the wonderful light you enjoy in your Scandinavian summers;)

Jeanne x

Richard Jesse Watson said...

Gorgeous photos. Brrr, it looks so cold. The sun is low here as well, but not so dramatic as your elusive sun. I like what Julie said, it does capture the essence of hope. Tomorrow will be even brighter.

Nessa said...

Your sunsets are spectacular.

WW - Toil and Trouble

Dan said...

Beautiful photos Zuzana - is that the view from your house?
We are starting to see the days lengthen here in the UK too, and the first signs of spring approaching.
Best wishes
Dan
-x-

jeannette stgermain said...

Such awesome sunset pics, Zuzanna! What is very interesting to see is what what's in the shadow is such deep blue!

steviewren said...

The color of the Danish sky is so pretty to me. I love that shade of blue. I'm glad the sun is returning to your sky.

Margie said...

Hi Zuzana
What a truly beautiful sunset!
I just keep staring and staring at the wonderful pictures you have shared!
Thank you!

And thank you for your visits to my blog, I always look forward to them and so appreciate your lovely comments!
You are a loyal visitor and that makes me quite happy!

I do so enjoy my visits to your blog and each time I visit here adds joy to my day!

Have a most wonderful day!

Margie :)
xo

Hilary said...

What beautiful colours you've captured with that sky! I'm glad you've entered into a better sunset producing sky. Here's to later and visible sunsets!

sprinkles said...

That purplish-blue light is absolutely gorgeous!!!

Woke up this morning to several inches of snow. Yuck! I had thought we got the last of it and that we were slowly moving into spring. Guess not! Still, it's better than where you are. I ran some errands earlier and a lot of the snow had already started to melt. And the roads were all nice and clear. I have no room to complain but I'm hoping it's not here to stay!

Laura Hegfield said...

just exquisite Zuzana, thank you for sharing your view with all of us!

Bachelor said...

Wow, you've really captured some of nature's most beautiful scenes!
Again, you are so kind to share these.... we wouldn't have been able to enjoy them otherwise!
:) The Bach

seema said...

Lovely sunset Zuzana,Isn't it a relief to know that seasons always change...
Lo! and behold! the Sun is here....
;)

Cheers
Seema

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Dear Zuzana,

Absolutely BREATHTAKING. I love seeing the world through your eyes.

All joys and we're not too far from spring now,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Protege said...

Ocean Girl, Susan, Lynne, Eternally Distracted, Brian, Tina, Betsy, Kat, Claudia, LadyCat, Julie, Jeanne, Richard, Nessa, Dan, jeannette, Stevie, Margie, Hilary, sprinkles, Laura, The Bach, seema and Sharon, thank you all for complimenting my photographic skills (although the camera and nature deserve all the credit) and for finding the sunset beautiful as well.
As the sun is returning, my posts will feature this beautiful part of the day quiet often.

Your kind words and lovely visits are the highlight of my days. Thank you all so much for stopping by.

Xoxo
Zuzana

Beverlydru said...

I always enjoy your views...it is so much fun to peek across the world from the comfort of my home. (I'd rather get on a plane and come see for myself but that takes a bit more planning and money!) I admire your patience with the dark days of winter. That would be a huge adjustment for me.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Fantastic!